We often hear lots of stories about workplace romances but what if that romance were between your employees and the office?
The average person spends approximately one-third of their life at work, so you want it to be a welcoming and happy place to be. No longer just a buzzword, ‘work-life balance’ is now practically a KPI for your company’s success – and that balance begins with the culture and values you foster in the office.
It’s no longer enough to just offer a good salary and decent holiday allowance either; many employees (particularly millennials) want to feel their company cares about both their mental and physical health. This could involve anything from providing a well-stocked kitchen with healthy and nutritious snacks to comfortable furnishings and quiet areas for staff to have a break.
Not only will this have a positive impact on your employees, but it will also have a positive impact on your bottom line – as a happier, healthier workforce will mean fewer sick days and improved productivity.
And with Valentine’s Day nearly upon us, now is the perfect time to make your employees fall in love with the office. Here’s how…
It might not be right for every team, but open workspaces with features such as low desk panels or specific socialising areas will help support collaboration in all its forms: mentoring, problem solving, routine communication and information sharing. However, not all companies have the budget or time to renovate their current offices to make them more open.
But simple measures can be taken to provide a more collective environment. For example, you could introduce designated collaborative areas, which will allow employees to communicate more easily with colleagues and encourage teamwork. Equally, you should consider how desks are located in relation to team structures or departments. An open-door policy (or no doors at all!) can also help to create a more collaborative workspace. And to keep employees sweet, it always helps to provide a variety of delicious (but nutritious!) snacks in communal areas.
Take a time out
On the other hand, there still needs to be quiet areas available for independent thinking and private meetings. What happens when someone needs to concentrate on a big, time-sensitive project or lead a conference call, for example? Some employees might not do well with constant interruptions either.
Where possible, you should try to offer a variety of spaces for your employees to choose from. Open spaces only work when employees have access to areas where they can focus on a specific task or get away from the noise and bustle of the office. These quiet areas can then also be used for relaxation when staff need a break – preventing employees from ‘burning out’ and helping to boost overall productivity.
While utility is important – think fast Wi-Fi, flawless technology and well-functioning equipment – it shouldn’t override comfort. Your employees spend more time at work than anywhere else, so they need to feel content in the workplace.
Furniture plays a big part in this. For example, you should ensure employees have high-quality chairs and computer desks that reduce the discomfort of back, neck and shoulder pains – which can hinder productivity. Offices with furniture that has a flexible element (such as sit/stand desks) also make it easier for employees to move around while performing different tasks.
But creating a comfortable environment takes more than just a sturdy desk and comfy chair – you also need to consider things like good ventilation and quality lighting, as well as a decent heating and cooling system.
Give everyone a say
Finally, you should ensure all your employees get to have a say about what the office is like, as this will help to boost productivity if staff feel their opinions are valued. At CBS, we know how important your employees’ well-being is to the overall performance of your company, which is why we take the time to conduct an anonymous staff satisfaction survey.
This gives us a 360-degree view of your employees’ requirements and feeds into the entire design process – enabling us to create an office that fits perfectly around your staff members’ needs and working habits.
If you’d like to discuss your ideas with us, then please get in touch today – and see for yourself how we can help make sure your employees fall in love with the office.